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Old 17 Jun 2019, 20:04 (Ref:3912515)   #16
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As for Blundell I'm quite certain he won't be back in 2020. During first or second round he said he's not going to continue if he just makes up the numbers this year and that's basically what he's doing.

When it comes to WSR the question is if they still field three cars after Pirtek exit?
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Old 17 Jun 2019, 20:33 (Ref:3912520)   #17
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I don't see Barty reducing number of cars unless there aren't any takers with 's
One of the 3 TBLs is on loan from HMS, so it may depend if they want it back next year.

Jordan has lost Pirtek as a sponsor so I wonder if WSR will drop down to 2 cars if he doesn't find a replacement.
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Old 17 Jun 2019, 20:44 (Ref:3912523)   #18
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If Blundell is still interested in the BTCC after this season I wonder if WSR will pursue a 4th TBL for him as they were his first choice according to reports in the past week?
But was he the WSR first choice?
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Old 17 Jun 2019, 23:07 (Ref:3912571)   #19
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One of the 3 TBLs is on loan from HMS, so it may depend if they want it back next year.

Jordan has lost Pirtek as a sponsor so I wonder if WSR will drop down to 2 cars if he doesn't find a replacement.
I do wonder with AJ. Finding sponsors ain't easy, even if you land a championship as Colin demonstrated twice.

As for HMS their reasons for not running this year did not and do not ring true. They built a shed, piloted by an OK driver with some dealer dollars and it sucked. The car will still be a shed in 2020, there won't be money forthcoming unless HMS prove successful in finding new sponsors... yeah. We'll see I guess. Now if they ditched the shed and got the Avensis out to play...
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Old 18 Jun 2019, 06:30 (Ref:3912601)   #20
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But was he the WSR first choice?
I did hear or read something that WSR were pursuing him, until I think Oliphant bought the seat. Would have been interesting if he been in RWD instead
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Old 18 Jun 2019, 07:18 (Ref:3912612)   #21
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But was he the WSR first choice?
According to the Autosport article the only reason he didn't get a seat was that they were all tied up. Bennetts seems to rate him from the language in the article.
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Old 18 Jun 2019, 08:01 (Ref:3912622)   #22
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According to the Autosport article the only reason he didn't get a seat was that they were all tied up. Bennetts seems to rate him from the language in the article.
I wonder what will happen with him now...I should imagine that he will not be too happy with his return to racing and may well leave the series at the end of the season.
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Old 19 Jun 2019, 06:28 (Ref:3912801)   #23
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I do wonder with AJ. Finding sponsors ain't easy, even if you land a championship as Colin demonstrated twice.

As for HMS their reasons for not running this year did not and do not ring true. They built a shed, piloted by an OK driver with some dealer dollars and it sucked. The car will still be a shed in 2020, there won't be money forthcoming unless HMS prove successful in finding new sponsors... yeah. We'll see I guess. Now if they ditched the shed and got the Avensis out to play...
I agree the HMS story didn't add up to me, they were at Thruxton on race day with the car, still stickered up from last year seemingly doing hospitality so I guess they are trying to come back. But there is more to this than has been let out the bag. I think the car they made was fundamentally flawed in some way. Makes no sense as a business plan to have built it up then shelve it after a year.
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Old 19 Jun 2019, 06:31 (Ref:3912802)   #24
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I wonder what will happen with him now...I should imagine that he will not be too happy with his return to racing and may well leave the series at the end of the season.
I don't think Mark is enjoying his time in Btcc, look how he was at the first round compared to any time you see him on TV now, he was like the excited kid before reality bit him. I think he is going to see the year out for his sponsors but if he has any sense as a driver manager, he would now be pushing HP to look at Jake Hill for 2020
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Old 19 Jun 2019, 07:35 (Ref:3912815)   #25
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Morning all. Long time lurker here.

I wonder if some of the issues with HMS are related to the driver rather than the car. Everyone is aware of how difficult it is to obtain funding with the recent piece on Sunday highlighting this fact.

We all know that at times the driver from HMS has embarrassed himself with his behaviour e.g. cheating on live tv (picking himself for reverse grid), being interviewed for youtube with beer in hand etc

Not the ideal candidate to attract sponsors
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Old 19 Jun 2019, 10:08 (Ref:3912839)   #26
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I don't think Mark is enjoying his time in Btcc, look how he was at the first round compared to any time you see him on TV now, he was like the excited kid before reality bit him. I think he is going to see the year out for his sponsors but if he has any sense as a driver manager, he would now be pushing HP to look at Jake Hill for 2020
Is he Hill's manager?
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Is he Hill's manager?
I think Jake is represented by his father Simon - however if an opportunity arose with MB Partnerships to secure more stable funding, it would not be a surprise at all to see a link developed.

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Old 19 Jun 2019, 11:14 (Ref:3912850)   #28
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Is he Hill's manager?
No but I strongly suspect part of his racing return was to do some prospecting among the crop of young drivers on the grid to tie deals up if he can and offer experience to.
I think Jakes dad manages him but I'm sure for a talent like that to have Mark offer to take under his wing with a global brand to back him could please all parties.

Im sure Simon knows his stuff, but I'm not sure Jake would have got into the mess he did leaving Team Hard with proper management and guidence
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Old 19 Jun 2019, 14:38 (Ref:3912888)   #29
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The fact that HMS were in the paddock at Thruxton and are to take part in the mid season test suggests they are going to try and make a comeback in 2020. I guess they feel there is more to come from that Alfa if they plan to continue using it
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Old 19 Jun 2019, 17:38 (Ref:3912933)   #30
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The fact that HMS were in the paddock at Thruxton and are to take part in the mid season test suggests they are going to try and make a comeback in 2020. I guess they feel there is more to come from that Alfa if they plan to continue using it
Ah yes I forgot that, I do wonder if the test goes really well and they are top 10 Alan Gow will grant a guest entry to them for the last half of the year.
Tho I'm expecting Stewart Lines to offer the same for his TCT/Tcr thing to get the numbers up
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